As it stands now, Tony Stewart will be in the Chase. If he can manage to hold onto his position as the regular season comes to an end, Smoke would get the chance to have an impact in the postseason.
That's easier said than done for Stewart, though. He's had a horrible season, and outside of his one win at Dover, he hasn't done much of anything.
If he does make it into the Chase, what will Smoke be able to do?
Would we see another Stewart run like we did in 2011? Or will he continue to struggle?
If Stewart and the No. 14 team manage to make it into the postseason, they need to figure out where they are making mistakes, and quickly.
He is the kind of driver who puts everything on the line, but with the struggles Stewart-Haas Racing has been going through, Smoke might not have the tools he needs to get the job done.
And if he continues to struggle and fails to improve, it will be time for Stewart to make changes.